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2016 Miss Effingham County Fair Queen Ashley Jamerson is crowned by retiring queen Kristina Neu. Jamerson is the daughter of Greg and Julie Jamerson of Effingham.

Cobblestone Inn and Suites General Manager Matt Ramsey works with front desk clerk Karen Buckels at the new hotel.


Many fire trucks drove in the  fair parade on Sunday, July 31 including this antique one.


Krista McLaren, CPA with Kemper CAP Group, gives an overview of the city's audit during last week's St. Elmo city meeting.


RNA youth members Hadley Hagler, Natalie, Payton, and  Corey Hoopengarner presented food vouchers of $4 each to all local 4-H members who showed there items at the Fayette County fair on July 14. Shown is Natalie Hoopengarner presenting a food voucher to Elsia Beesely.


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National Honor Society hosting blood drive Print E-mail
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Monday, 26 September 2016 09:59

The Altamont High School National Honor Society will be hosting a blood drive for the American Red Cross on Friday, Sept. 30 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. If you would like to give, contact the high school at 618-483-6194 and ask for Mr. Lewis, or email him at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Donations not only help patients in need, but also contrubte to scholarships for Altamont High School seniors.

Kesslers honored by Garden Club for their “crown jewel” Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 September 2016 13:19

Bruce and Mary Jo Kessler were honored by the Altamont Garden Club as recipients of the Proud Citizen award for the month of August.

Calling their home for over 50 years their “crown jewel,” the Kesslers have been at work on the home ever since purchasing it in 1964. Bruce recalls removing brick from the front porch and installing the classical columns present today almost immediately after the purchase. According to Bruce, the home was built in the late 1800s by a Grobengieser who served as the foreman at the Hillman Furniture Company in Altamont.

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Parking along Triangle eliminated Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 August 2016 13:08

In order to reduce congestion created by two lanes of traffic, combined with 45 degree storefront and parallel parking alone the Triangle, the Altamont City Council voted to create a No Parking zone on all sides of the Triangle at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 8.

The discussion centered on attempting to create more fluid movement of traffic along Main and Second Streets, and increasing safety for pedestrians attempting to cross these streets, while ensuring businesses were provided ample parking. Council member Todd Slingerland proposed removing the 45 degree parking, but it was felt by a majority of the council members that doing so would eliminate too many parking spots for businesses. The vote was not unanimous, with Slingerland voting against the proposed action.

This past week the Triangle curb was painted yellow, new No Parking signs were posted, and barricades were set up to alert drivers to the changes.

Successful Labor Day celebration held at St. Elmo Print E-mail
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Monday, 12 September 2016 13:16

Despite suffocating heat, the citizens of St. Elmo, the St. Elmo Business Association, the Lions Club, and other civic organizations were able to hold a successful three days of celebration on Labor Day weekend.

SEBA President Jennie Ann Heischmidt said that the number of entries for the classic car cruise-in surged from 12 last year to between 45 and 50 this year. The pet parade saw nine entries.

Heischmidt added that she has received many compliments from those who enjoyed the rodeo on Sunday, which was a new event added this year.

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Asher reflects on career, decision to retire Print E-mail
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Monday, 29 August 2016 13:06

As volleyball season opens up once again for the St. Elmo-Brownstown Eagles, many of the sights are the same. The colors remain, the gym remains, even many of the players remain. But there is one noticeable difference. For the first time in 21 years, Coach Elise Asher is not patrolling the practice floor.

“When you hear the name Eagle volleyball you automatically think Coach Asher,” said newly-hired varsity coach Jeni Haslett.

Asher, who is battling leukemia, requested a medical leave of absence from her teaching duties and has retired from coaching. She is the junior high science teacher, in addition to leading physical education classes at St. Elmo.

After spending last year away from the classroom, but trying to coach, Asher said she realized it was time to leave.

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